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Andover Strives For Three-Peat

After placing first in the New England Championships for the past two years, Andover Boys Swimming hopes to repeat its success for a third time in the team’s 100th season ever. Andover returns several competitive swimmers and will be adding a number of potential key newcomers this season.

Expectations for Andover will remain high despite the loss of swimmers who graduated last year. Co-Captain Lorenzo Conte ’12 said, “We had an incredible group of guys last year and amazing team depth. This year, while the [graduated] swimmers will be missed, we have a strong group of new students trying out for the team.”

Captain Derrick Choi ’12 said, “There are a lot of newcomers to the team this year after we lost 10 seniors last year. A lot of the newcomers are good enough to contribute immediately to the team in dual meets and ultimately in the New England Championships.”

Coach David Fox, a former state-record holder as a swimmer, will assume the role as interim head coach. Conte said, “Mr. Fox is a fantastic coach, and alongside the support from assistant coach [Peter] Washburn, our team is in great hands.”

With intense practices that focus on improving conditioning and technique, as well as the leadership of veteran swimmers including Choi, Conte, Jun Oh ’12 and Andrew Xuan ’13, Andover is working hard to meet its expectations.

The team will also have to prepare for different league rules for the 2012 season. Choi said, “Our team has to make adjustments, but I am confident that the guys that we currently have are capable of stepping up when they are needed.”

On Friday, Andover will have its first opportunity to showcase its potential with an intra-squad scrimmage.

Rival schools such as Exeter and Deerfield are expected to continue to challenge Andover for the title this season. However, with a plethora of talent in every event, Andover will once again be a serious contender for the championship as well.

Conte said, “This is the 100th year of Andover Swimming, and we are excited to be a part of a team that has shown amazing progression over the years. Our league and division structure is currently being reorganized, and our end of season championship meet is being restructured, but despite these changes we are confident in the fact that we have a great group of guys and awesome coaches ready to excel this season.”